Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean: In the Years 1828, 29, 30, Performed in H. M. Sloop Chanticleer, Under the Command of the Late Captain Henry Foster, F. R. S. &c. by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, Volume 2

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R. Bentley, 1834 - Gravity
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Page 23 - Strange — that where Nature loved to trace, As if for Gods, a dwelling place, And every charm and grace hath mix'd Within the paradise she fix'd, There man, enamour'd of distress, Should mar it into wilderness...
Page 353 - ... shower moistens its foliage. Its branches appear dead and dried, but when the trunk is pierced, there flows from it a sweet and nourishing milk. It is at the rising of the sun, that this vegetable fountain is most abundant. The blacks and natives are then seen hastening from all quarters, furnished with large bowls to receive the milk, which grows yellow, and thickens at its surface. Some empty their bowls under the tree itself, others carry the juice home to their children. We seem to see the...
Page 364 - The swelling has gradually diminished. A black spot has this morning made its appearance on the left side of the nose, an inch and a half in length by half an inch in width, extending to the middle of the lip. It is of a bluish-black color, and slightly sunken from the rest of the face. Have poulticed the face to-day. June 26th.
Page 8 - ... more to its beauty, the sunbeams are reflected from it in all the varied tints of the rainbow. " Amid the tranquillity which prevails around, it is a matter of speculation to account for this commotion of the waters, as great as if the most awful tempest, or the wildest hurricane had swept the bosom of the deep. It occurs in situations where no such swell would be expected, in sheltered bays, and where the wind never reaches the shore. The strong and well-built jetty of...
Page 8 - ... mark. On these occasions the crane at its extremity is washed round in various directions, as the weathercock is turned by the wind, and landing becomes impracticable for the space of two or three days. Such are the rollers of Ascension, and like unto them are those of St. Helena and Fernando Norouha.
Page 8 - ... the town are shaken by the fury of the waves. But the principal beauty of the scene consists in the continuous ridge of water crested on its summit with foam and spray ; for as the wind blows off the shore the over-arching top of the wave meets resistance and is carried as it were back against the curl of the swell ; and thus it plays elegantly above it, as it rolls furiously onward, graceful as a bending plume ; while to add more to its beauty, the sunbeams are reflected from it in all the varied...
Page 7 - I have witnessed with mingled emotion of terror and delight. A towering sea rolls forward on the island, like a vast ridge of waters, threatening as it were to envelope it ; pile on pile succeeds with resistless force, until, meeting with the rushing off-set from the shore beneath, they rise like a wall, and are dashed with impetuous fury on the long line of the coast, producing a stunning noise. The beach is now mantled over with foam, mighty waters sweep over the plain, and the very houses at George...
Page 209 - ... pamph. • London. 1857. Observatory of Edinburgh. A Catalogue of 3735 Circumpolar Stars observed at Redhill in the Years 1854. 1855, and 1856, and reduced to Mean Positions for 1855.0. By Richard Christopher Carrington (Fellow and Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society of London). Printed at the , Public Expense, by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. 1 vol. fol. London. 1857. Royal University of Norway.
Page 10 - They occur in the most tranquil season of the year, when the south-east trade wind is often very light, where the vast volume of water is constantly impelled in one direction. There is then a tendency to a back-set, or a rush of water in a contrary direction, and a tumultuous swell is produced wherever it meets with the resistance from the islands and the banks on which they are based, as well as the shores of a continent. The long steep beaches of Ascension are admirably adapted for the full display...
Page 24 - All ideas of improvement on anything are foreign to their minds ; the accoutrements of their horses are the same as those used more than a century back ; and as for agriculture, they have no idea of it. The ground lies unfilled before them, the earth smiles in vain, while they are ever lolling in their hammocks, smoking and gaming throughout the day, the very patterns of indolence and laziness. The evenings are passed in serenading to the notes of a guitar, or singing and revelling at some lascivious...

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